Cavs: 2 reasons Collin Sexton sets tone for foreseeable future

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton looks to make a play. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton looks to make a play. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton greets teammates in pregame introductions. (Photo by Lauren Bacho/Getty Images) /

#2: Sexton’s durability

The second reason that it’s clear Sexton is Cleveland’s primary tone-setter and would seem to be a key leadership presence looking onward is how he’s been mostly durable. This season, there have been some minor injuries for Collin, such as an ankle sprain earlier on, in particular, and there have been some awkward landings here and there.

Sexton did miss three games because of a concussion recently as well, and in Cleveland’s last game against the Indiana Pacers, Sexton did look a bit hobbled in relation to his knee after an awkward landing in the third quarter. Thankfully, his knee does appear fine.

With Sexton for the most part, however, he’s been very durable through his near-three seasons. He didn’t miss a game in his first two seasons, and given the condensed timing of this COVID-19-affected season, missing 12 games hasn’t nearly as detrimental as for others.

Heck, Kevin Love, while clearly is far older, has had injury issues often since signing his extension, and this season, has only been active in 24 games, largely due to a right calf injury/complications.

Larry Nance Jr., while he’ll be a crucial leadership piece, one would assume and seemingly is, has had injury issues throughout this season and has had some nagging ones in his career as well, for example.

As a side note, though, Garland himself, while he’ll be a key on-floor leader I’d think looking onward, with him being the lead playmaker, will be a tone-setter, too, injuries with him could be a point of concern somewhat. That’s with his injury-cut lone collegiate season, and there have been a bit of nagging concerns this season as well, and frankly, he’s just not nearly as stout as Sexton.

Moreover, it seems pretty clear to me, with the tireless work ethic he has, which has led to plenty of success for Collin and him seeming to be a leadership by example guy, he’ll set the tone from a team dynamic standpoint moving forward for Cleveland. That’s factoring in the night-to-night production, all-around scoring presence, drive and him having been mostly very durable in his career thus far.

Of course, there’s other guys that can factor into this, and Okoro could feasibly do some looking onward, or their next draft pick/Garland, but it’s clear that the Cavs know what they have night-to-night with Sexton.

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He could seemingly very well be locked up long-term this upcoming offseason, and from my perspective, given what he’s shown and with the guy being 22, that’d be a sound move with his arrow pointing way up.